Part one of this post was the devastating loss of Dutch, our much-loved Golden Retriever as the result of congestive heart failure a few months ago. As the weeks passed, we all suffered and missed Dutch dearly; including Sam, our other Golden whom Dutch looked over and protected. They had been best friends and always stayed together. None of us had realized the grief Sam would endure after the loss of his pal.
We began to see a difference in Sam. He would no longer greet anyone when they came to the door. He lost his appetite and was very restless. We knew we had to help him through this. In the past, they had each other. When I would get home, they would greet me but then would quickly carry on to whatever mischief they were getting into. My wife and I were very concerned and began lavishing attention onto Sam. Rawhide treats, Skineez (his favorite toy), we even began letting him up on the furniture to sit with us, something that was a big “no no” in the past.
As the weeks turned into months, Sam has slowly started to come around. He sits in my chair waiting for everyone to get home at the end of the day. The bond we have now is different from before. As I watch him longing for his pal, I realize pets’ emotions are very much like our own. Sam strives for attention from me when I get home now. Although you can tell he still longs for Dutch, he has come a long way.
The loss of Dutch suddenly put Sam on the hierarchy to watch over the family. I have a very early schedule and he would never be up when I prepared for work. He now wakes with my alarm and is waiting at the bedside to greet me in the morning. Sometimes he just sits and stares, and makes me wonder exactly what’s going on in that intelligent head of his. His energy level has increased as well as his appetite.
We had purchased two of the quilted dog beds when both Sam and Dutch were together. My wife was going to remove Dutch’s but we decided to keep it next to Sam’s. To this day, Sam will only sleep on Dutch’s bed. I look at it as kind of a security blanket for Sam.
Sam now goes everywhere with us, he just loves to be around us. That little twinkle is back in his eyes and I can still see that rambunctious little puppy in him again.
I now share my chair with him. I stop and take time for him, no matter what type of day I had. Just as pets are our companions, in their world other pets are also their companions.
Sam is like Dutch, one of a kind. Each with their own personality that differs so much, yet they’re so much alike. Seeing Sam grieve made me open my eyes to the mentality of our pets. After spending so much time watching over him and noticing everything he does, I can almost tell what type of mood he is in from day to day.
Dutch is very missed, but he left a lot of himself with Sam. Little quirks not noticed before resemble the way Dutch acted and now make me chuckle. Sam is now the dog of the house and seems very content.
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